Star Trek: coming back to TV in a whole new way

Former writer turned high-powered exec is behind next year’s reboot.

A model of the Star Trek Enterprise
To boldly go yet again The Enterprise may be back in action in the new TV reboot of Star Trek. Image Picture Mario Tama/Getty Images

Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller is bringing Star Trek back to TV next year.

Fuller is writing a new Star Trek series to air on US network CBS in 2017, featuring an entirely new cast of characters.

Rather than new incarnations of classic characters such as Spock, Bones and Captain Kirk, CBS promise “new civilisations not part of the previous TV series or movies”.

Fuller began his TV writing career on previous Star Trek spin-off series Voyager and Deep Space Nine in the late 90s. He said: “My very first experience of Star Trek is my oldest brother turning off all the lights in the house and flying his model of a D7 Class Klingon Battle Cruiser through the darkened halls.

“Before seeing a frame of the television series, the Star Trek universe lit my imagination on fire. It is without exaggeration a dream come true to be crafting a brand new iteration of Star Trek.”

Star Trek rebooter Bryan Fuller
Fuller himself This man is bringing Star Trek back to TV. Image Picture Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

The new show will simply be called Star Trek. It’s the first series to be called just Star Trek since the original, which ran from 1966-69.

There have been 13 films, with the latest – Star Trek: Beyond – due for release in July.

The original series was created by Gene Roddenberry and was produced by influential 50s sitcom star Lucille Ball’s company Desilu.

The executive producer is Alex Kurtzman, who was previously behind the reboot of Hawaii 5-0 in 2010 as well as the Transformers Prime TV series.

Kurtzman said: “Bringing Star Trek back to television means returning it to its roots, and for years those roots flourished under Bryan’s devoted care.

“Bryan’s encyclopedic knowledge of Trek canon is surpassed only by his love for Gene Roddenberry’s optimistic future, a vision that continues to guide us as we explore strange new worlds.”

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Loaded’s deputy editor John Earls has covered entertainment and sport across a range of national newspapers, plus several football and music magazines, since 1990. Follow him on Twitter at @EarlsJohn

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